The trumps’ first stop over in Ahmedabad was at Sabarmati Ashram where they visited Hriday Kunj-Mahatma Gandhi’s dwelling unit from 1918-30. For him sitting on the floor and running the Charkha (spinning wheel) was not an easy job.
In the visitor’ book Trump wrote “to my great friend Prime Minister Modi, thank you for this wonderful visit-Donald Trump/Melania Trump.” Ironically Trump’s message had neither one word of tribute to Mahatma Gandhi nor even a mention of the Father of the Nation.
Latter on Trump and Modi took up photo shoot by sitting in the courtyard of Gandhi’s house.
On his way to Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium Trumps were greeted by roughly millions of people. US President Donald Trump on Monday addressed the ‘Namaste Trump’ at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium during the first leg of his India visit. The president spoke about several issues related to India including its economic growth, Bollywood, cricket, terrorism faced by India and the India-US relations.
President Trump was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and First Lady Melania Trump at the event.
Here are some excerpts of President Trump’s speech:
“Namaste! Namaste. And hello to India. This is such a great honor. Let me begin by expressing my profound gratitude to an exceptional leader, a great champion of India, a man who works night and day for his country, and a man I am proud to call my true friend: Prime Minister Modi.
Five months ago, the United States welcomed your great Prime Minister at a giant football stadium in Texas, and today, India welcomes us at the world’s largest cricket stadium right here in Ahmedabad. It is a profound honor to be the beautiful new stadium, to be here with you — Motera Stadium. So beautiful. And joined by so many distinguished guests from all across your nation and all across the world.
Praising Prime Minister Modi he said:
“The Prime Minister has a moving story of an incredible rise, and so does this entire nation. Your nation is doing so well. We are very, very proud of India. (Applause.) The story of the Indian nation is a tale of astounding progress, a miracle of democracy, extraordinary diversity, and above all, a strong and noble people. India gives hope to all of humanity.
In just 70 years, India has become an economic giant, the largest democracy ever to exist, and one of the most amazing nations anywhere in the world.”
About overall growth of India and its influence of America he said:
“Since the turn of the century, India’s economy has grown more than six times in size. In a single decade, India has lifted over 270 million people out of poverty.
In America and in India, we know that we are all born for a higher purpose: to reach toward our fullest potential, to work toward excellence and perfection, and to give all glory to God.
Powered by this spirit, Indians and Americans are always striving to be greater, our people are always seeking to be better, and so our nations have become thriving centers of culture and commerce and civilization, giving light and vitality to all of the world.
That is why I have come here to India, in the spirit of fondness and goodwill, to expand our cherished partnership of incredible power and potential.
And tomorrow in Delhi, we will lay a wreath, plant a tree at Raj Ghat in honor of this leader who is revered all around the world.”
He was very optimistic about visiting Taj Mahal and expressed his gratitude:
“The First Lady and I look forward to visiting one of your country’s most iconic landmarks. We are later today going to see the majestic Taj Mahal.”
About United States and India’s defence partnership he said:
“I believe that the United States should be India’s premier defence partner, and that’s the way it’s working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security, and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come.”
He expressed his concern about terrorism and said”
“The United States and India are also firmly united in our ironclad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
Every nation has the right to secure and controlled borders. The United States and India are committed to working together to stop terrorists and to fight their ideology.”
About trade agreement between the two countries he was very optimistic when he said:
“We are in the early stages of discussion for an incredible trade agreement to reduce barriers of investment between the United States and India. And I am optimistic that, working together, the Prime Minister and I can reach a fantastic deal that’s good and even great for both of our countries. Except that he’s a very tough negotiator.
Since my inauguration, commerce between our two nations has increased by more than 40 percent. India is now a major market for American exports, and the United States is India’s largest export market. A booming America is great thing for India and it’s great for the world. And that’s why we’re so happy to announce that we have the greatest economy ever in the history of the United States.”
About extending his countries help in Chandrayaan Lunar Program he assured:
“The United States and India are also working closely together on the future of space exploration. You are making impressive strides with your exciting Chandrayaan Lunar Program. (Applause.) It is moving along rapidly, far ahead of schedule, and America looks forward to expanding our space cooperation with India as you push even further. You are pushing the limits — and that’s a great thing — including in realm of human spaceflight. The United States and India will be friends and partners on our voyage into the stars and into space.”
Concluding his marathon speech he said:
“So today I say to every Indian — North and South, Hindu and Muslim, Jewish and Christian, rich and poor, young and old: Take pride in the glories of your past, unite for an even brighter future, and let our two nations always stand together as powerful defenders of peace and liberty, and the hope of a better world for all of humanity.
Thank you again, Prime Minister Modi, for your hospitality. And thank you, India, for this phenomenal welcome.
I want to just leave by saying: God bless India. God bless the United States of America. We love you. We love you, India, very much. Thank you. Thank you.”